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Mental health

What kind of mental health problems are there?

Mental health problems range from the worries we all experience as part of everyday life to serious long-term conditions. The majority of people who experience mental health problems can get over them or learn to live with them, especially if they get help early on.

There are many different mental health problems. You may experience symptoms that are common to two or more diagnoses, or you may experience the symptoms of more than one mental health problem at once. Mental health problems include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating problems
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality disorders

What causes mental health problems?

Mental health problems can have a wide range of causes. We can often point to things that trigger a period of poor mental health but some people tend to be more deeply affected by these things than others. Factors that could potentially trigger a period of poor mental health include loneliness, the death of someone close to you, stress, a long-term physical health condition or unemployment.

What can I do?

Self-help techniques can be effective in managing the symptoms of many mental health problems and can mean that no other treatment is needed. Making changes to your general lifestyle may also help to prevent some problems from developing or getting worse.

Get active - Physical activity can help you avoid developing health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and mental health difficulties such as depression. The annual Mental Health Awareness Week aims to shift our motivation for physical activity from "I'll do this later" to "I want to increase my wellbeing now". For more information, visit the West Sussex Wellbeing website.

Talk to someone - Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. It isn't a sign of weakness, it's part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy. Just being listened to can help you feel supported and less alone.

Ask for help - None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things go wrong. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can't cope, ask for help. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear. Local organisations are also there to help you. Trying visiting Local groups and activities and Products and services to see what support might be available near you.

Services that may help

Mental health services in West Sussex fall into three broad categories:

  • psychological therapies in GP and community settings
  • specialist mental health support in inpatient settings or the community
  • services provided by the voluntary sector

Mental health terms - Offer a range of support to help people recover from mental health issues and conditions, including psychological therapies  and interventions, 1:1 support and group work. Services are available for people of all ages, and include specialist services for children. Patients need to be referred by their GP or their community mental health team. If you have any concerns about your mental health, please contact your GP in the first instance.

Further Information

Key myths and facts

These key facts and statistics about mental health problems can help to challenge the myths that can contribute to the stigma that many people still face.

Myth: Mental health problems are very rare.
Fact: 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.

Myth: People with mental illness aren't able to work.
Fact: We probably all work with someone experiencing a mental health problem.

Myth: People with mental health illnesses are usually violent and unpredictable.
Fact: People with a mental illness are more likely to be a victim of violence.

Myth: People with mental health problems don't experience discimination.
Fact: 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma & discrimination.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust offer a range of courses through their Recovery College programme – information is available on their website >Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Last reviewed: 27/02/2019

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